Nestled on the banks of the pretty Charente river, the historic town of Cognac is known the world over as the home of delicious ‘amber nectar’.
But if you’re a music fan, the name Cognac means just one thing and that’s Cognac Blues Passions, an annual summer festival that showcases exciting new talents in blues, jazz and afro-american music alongside top international performers.
Amongst the atmospheric venues are parks, bars and even a medieval castle courtyard, in Cognac and neighbouring Jarnac.
Headliners in 2012 include Sting, Hugh Laurie, Tom Jones and Selah Sue and more crowd-pullers are guaranteed for the five days and nights of the 2012 festival which takes place from 3-8 July.
As Cognac Blues Passions approaches its 20th birthday in 2013, the audiences just keep on growing – an essential date on any music fan’s summer calendar.